Research Development Directory

Research Development

Peter Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

  • Director, Research Development


  • Enhancement of the research environment for external proposal success through networking/collaboration/information sharing events and related campus-wide efforts.
  • Pre-submission assistance for proposals (federal, state, foundation, and others), in particular large and strategic university initiatives
  • Assist investigators with internal research processes (e.g., cost sharing, budget strategy, research administration)
  • Proposal development assistance: writing, editing, and assistance with submission logistics
  • Development of non-technical proposal sections (e.g., broader impacts, education, management, and outreach plans.
  • For the academic year 2019-20, he dedicates research development support to the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. ICC members can reach out to him directly for prioritized proposal support.
  • When not in the office, can usually be found camping in the Keweenaw
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal Relations & Corporate Research


  • Chief federal relations officer for the University.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key legislative branch and executive branch officials, their staff members, and higher education and other policy advocates and associations.
  • Develops and implements research strategies for engaging agencies, companies, and organizations.
Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Associate Director of Corporate Research


  • Develops and implements strategies for engaging agencies, companies and organizations to support sponsored research
  • Engages with faculty and campus stakeholders to identify new opportunities and assist with proposal development